Keepie Uppie

keepy uppy

The skill of juggling with a football using feet, lower legs, knees, chest, shoulders, and head, without allowing the ball to hit the ground. (alternative spelling – keepie uppie)

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  • Example: How many keepy ups can you do? | The men’s record is held by Dan Magness of England, a 25 year old professional freestyler, who kept a regulation football aloft for 26 hours using just his feet, legs, shoulders and head; he completed the feat – which took place in Hong Kong, in June 2010.

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  • What is the meaning of the phrases “keep alive” and “get down” in this sentence?

    CHANCE! Sterling just cannot score against United! Mahrez storms forward down the right and fires a fine ball across the face of goal which Sterling throws himself at, but can only get a stud on rather than a full boot! Jesus keeps the ball alive, though, and drills a hard follow-up effort towards goal which De Gea gets down really smartly to save.

    • To keep alive in this example means to keep the ball in play – so Jesus doesn’t let the ball go out but instead heeps it in play to continue the attack.

      Sometimes a goalkeeper needs to throw themselves to the ground to reach a low shot and this is what De Gea has done – he has got down to save.

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